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Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from shazamfan
Review:
recall reading the first few chapters of the start of you Iron Fist fanfic, but for the life of me can't recall why I stopped reading. Well fixed that issue by reading the first two tales and this one so far. DAMN was it a wild ride. I really like the Sons angle you added in. Enjoying the seeding you've done so far with other marvel cast for both the good and the bad. The tension between Watchers is great and I look forward to seeing how that amps up now that Xander appears to be getting in to bed with SHIELD.

I always thought that Elektra could be a great Potential stolen by the Hand and corrupted. Trained as a deadly killer and perhaps via their Dark Magic allowed to tap into a little more of the Slayer abilities.


Looking forward to seeing more.

-j-
Review By [shazamfan] • Date [3 Feb 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from Kensington
Review:
This is the first time I've reread the entire series since you originally released this chapter, and it's just as impressive. I'm still astonished that you could merge BtVS, with the Marvel 'verse and SoA so damn well.

I'm hoping that you drift back to this story sooner than later, because I can't wait to see how Xander further interacts with SHIELD and how the fallout from the government knowing about his relationship with Janna plays out.

Keep up the great work!
Comments from author:
Thanks. I'm still planning on getting back into it eventually.
Review By [Kensington] • Date [1 Dec 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from TTrunks
Review:
This story is cool, please post more soon :}
Review By [TTrunks] • Date [2 Jun 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from MistofRainbows
Review:
Kill the bastard fury and be done with it. Rolls eyes, guy is a bottom feeding piece of crap with morals so crooked that lawyers wouldn't do most of the things he does as a matter of course... great portrayal of the guy by the way. It's interesting to see the mayor play the various factions.
Comments from author:
Thus leaving the Initiative? He's amoral, but he goes to bat for his men. He's doing right by Amadeus, despite Amadeus running off. He may be a bastard, but things are better with him there than with him not. It's not meant to be so clearcut. Thanks.
Review By [MistofRainbows] • Date [21 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from Ansku
Review:
Good chapter :)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [19 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from Frardowin
Review:
Sweet chapter.

Can't wait to see how Xander deals with the Avengers
Review By [Frardowin] • Date [17 Feb 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four: Weapon Plus" from Supershaggy
Review:
Awesome chapter.
Review By [Supershaggy] • Date [17 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from draconis
Review:
Very impressive! You've managed to turn Xander into a responsible, mostly mature, and likeable character. And, you've done it in an extremely well-crafted and well-told set of stories.

After the first few chapters of the first story in the series, I knew I would regret continuing to read to the point where I'd have to wait for updates...but I kept reading anyway! Dammit!

Love the sub-plots you started and kept going and how you keep them tied together.

Definitely looking forward to the updates.
Review By [draconis] • Date [30 Dec 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from Ansku
Review:
Love it :)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [23 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from Guardian
Review:
Good chapter. Amy turning into Storm? :) And I wonder why noone has so far just outright told Wesley that he might be a hot stud at research but he lacks any experience in leading/fighting etc. All the characters just seem to think it but never voice it, thus it's somewhat understandable why Wesley does not realize the source of their contempt, disobedience or whatever he may see it as. The gang should tell him "wes, you're a goddamn greenhorn, that's why we don't listen to you" and take him on every patrol so he gets a clue as to what slaying is really all about.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Amy's not turning into Storm anymore than she's turning into the Invisible Woman because she can create a shield. There's only so many ways to show magical power offensively.

And the attitude they're showing Wesley is pretty much the dismissive one they showed in canon. Now, they probably should have tried to train him up, but in real life people don't always include people like that, especially if they have good working relationships already.
Review By [Guardian] • Date [15 Dec 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from CarterOfMars
Review:
Great action, but I'll call you out on this:-

"Wesley said, defending himself and the Council, though he missed the hypocrisy of that statement in relation to the demons and supernatural creatures that the Slayers acted as executioners upon."

Hypocritical how? According to the Council's outlook, humans have within them a soul that can aid them to change their ways. Vampires etc are little more than man-eating lions etc., their behaviour is beyond their control, it's their nature to hunt and kill.

Of course it all depends what version of canon you believe. Pre or post-Harmony. Typical Whedon inconsistency.

EDIT: But is it really faulty? Or is it a problem that lies at the very nature of the program itself. If as suggested at ONE point in the program vampires etc have no control over their actions they should be ruthlessly hunted and killed down as there's no chance of change. However when Whedon decides to get cutesy and introduces chars like Lorne, Clem, Merl, and Harmony, then he's suggesting demons etc can change like humans can. If it's the former then the Council are RIGHT to differinate between humans and demons, but if it's the later...
Comments from author:
That's the idea. The difference in outlook between humans and non-humans is faulty.

Edit: To be fair, non-human is a broad category that includes things that are on par with humans and things that are effectively dogs. Also, I said demon, not vampire. The distinction should be made on a finer level than human vs. demon where demons are all grouped together as vampires. And it's a fairly small part of the chapter at any rate.
Review By [CarterOfMars] • Date [15 Dec 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from RafMereC
Review:
Great new story.
Raf.
Review By [RafMereC] • Date [14 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from Angbard
Review:
I really enjoy this story, and i'm always looking for your updates!

When you first started this series, I passed it over as 'just another super-xander story' - with him being uber-powerful yet remaining the mildly likable but annoyingly naive, and semi-doltish guy he often is in the series.

Thankfully, you didn't go that route! You've actually constructed a compelling character here with depth, nuance, and conflict, and placed him in a context of other characters who are compelling in their own right.

I like that you have used Amy as the magical powerhouse, and on the side of the angel - rather than just automatically designating her as evil, as most writer's do, (or I could say, as generally happens to most players not in the scoobie inner circle.) Are you going to bring Willow into magic at a later date or at all? If so, even if you make awesomely powerful, I hope you keep in mind that she is in a world where there are several incredibly powerful sorcerers, who likely match her or in some cases trump her in power, including: Amy, Nicholas Scratch, Dr. Strange, Dr. Voodoo, Jennifer Kale, Satanna, Daimon Hellstrom, Clea, Agatha Harkness, Baron Mordo, among others.

I'm also glad that you've introduced some more male main characters, it was beginning to look like Xander's Harem! I really like you use of Amadeus Cho, and you've even made the Ultimates version of Hawkeye into a more likeable guy. I hope bring the American Eagle back into the story, as well - as he doesn't get much exposure in the Marvel books at all.

Anyway, keep writing!

I'm eagerly anticipating your next chapter!

Angbard
Comments from author:
Canonically speaking, Amy's character is really scattershot since she appears infrequently. It wasn't really S7 that she appears to be actively "evil." As for Willow, I haven't completely decided. She's been rather underutilized so far, since her reason to try magic is a result of Jenny dying. So, there's that, but there will be areas where I can use her for her other abilities.

Hawkeye was good in the first two volumes of the Ultimates. It wasn't until the third that things went off the rails. I'm not exactly using the same character, but drawing on some of the history in different incarnations. I doubt that a movie version of him would put him in the standard getup anyways.

American Eagle may appear again, but it depends on how convoluted things get. There are already quite a few characters.

Thanks.
Review By [Angbard] • Date [14 Dec 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three: Go Down, Moses" from Frardowin
Review:
I was seriously checking every 15 min for this story to update today.

I need a life.

still full of win tho.


EDIT:
I just checked out your posters.


I hope the Luke Cage picture is a hint of the future.
Comments from author:
He'll more than likely appear, but not for a little while. Thanks.
Review By [Frardowin] • Date [14 Dec 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Two: Homecoming" from CarterOfMars
Review:
Not keen on the overly-competant version of Xander shown here, there doesn't seem much left of the old canon one, and not at all keen on Jenny\Xander. Still that aside you do write an interesting plot and very well written.

EDIT: Thanks for your reply. I think you misunderstood my comment. I'm not complaining about Xander's growing competance as such, I'm more complaining he doesn't sound like Xander any more, none of the humour when it's just him and the gang. As for the Jenny\Xander thing, you pretty much putzed Giles out and I think you're not giving Jenny much credit if you think she'd abuse her position as a teacher.

However, the wider verse you have created and the on-going plots are nothing short of excellent.

Edit: Yeah I certainly see your point on the dialouge. But then none of the chars progress much at all under Whedon's 'expert' handling, how I think your changes are too quick, there seems nothing left of Xander.

Sorry but I don't see a mature woman like Jenny ditching a full-grown man for a kid. Moreover I don't see a woman who takes her clan responsibilities so seriously being the sort who abuses her teaching position. But hey different strokes. I'm concentrating on the great action scenes and multi-layered plotting.
Comments from author:
If he never gets better, especially since he now knows that there's going to be someone extremely powerful coming after him in the future, he'd be an idiot. As for what's left of the old canon one, it depends on exactly what you're expecting. For the TV show, keeping the characters static is one way of going, and easier, but realistically, they should actually get better at what they do, or they shouldn't do it at all. And the changes here are going to bring him to a different place. I think the important thing is to show the journey, even if the destination is different. Which it should be.

As for Jenny/Xander, it's not supposed to be something that every character is happy about or would be okay with. They've found something that works based on something that really never came up before, i.e. the after-effects of a possession and what that can do to someone, so convention stopped applying since it's incorrect to say that he's simply a teenager. It's fine if that doesn't work for you, but I think that I've established that it isn't something that supposed to be conventionally acceptable in the story.

Thanks.

Edit: I always saw much of his admittedly bad humor as a way of covering for a lack of confidence, which he's gotten over. And there are other changes as well; and personality changes were something he kept and had to work through. And people that have aged beyond high school usually don't sound like they did when they were in high school. If the change was abrupt, that may be, and it would be a problem, but that's the reason for it.

For Giles, based on the timing of the story, it didn't seem like they were necessarily going out that long. At that stage, it would be rather odd to say that she was suddenly the love of his life. As for her position as teacher, I don't think I've actually shied away from that fact, and it's not meant to be flatly stated that it's okay. However, it's also her being a teacher of what. A seventeen year old boy? Because he's not that anymore. Also, not every choice that the characters make are supposed to be validated.

Edit 2: Quick? It was intentionally quick because he had someone actively trying to change him because of the Tournament. It was quick, but ultimately necessary, even if it was too quick for your tastes. I didn't want to hammer things too much, but I did have Orson explain some things, and did have at least a couple of scenes where Xander's training. Too quick is a matter of opinion, and I can't exactly go back and change it now if I were inclined.

As for Jenny, Xander's not a kid anymore, that's part of the whole point. Also, she was only loyal to her clan until it came down to letting Buffy kill Angelus. She's loyal to a degree, but when it comes up against what she ultimately think is right, she goes with what's right as opposed to her clan responsibilities. It doesn't really relate.

Thanks.
Review By [CarterOfMars] • Date [9 Dec 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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